Psych nursing and ER nursing-Will it affect my career trajectory?

  1. If I were to work as a psych nurse and wanted to later get back into the ER, would that negatively impact any chance of getting a job as as ER nurse. I know of two people who did that, and they did okay. I think it would be valuable experience given that many psych patients spend hours, even days, in the ER before being placed in an inpatient facility. I just worry about losing medical skills if I were to go into psych nursing. As a new grad, I'll take what I can get now.
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  3. by   tothepointeLVN
    Question. Your posts states "get back into" which I assume means your in the ER right now and want to try psych with the option of returning? I wouldn't think that would be a problem since ER and psych seem complimentary. However if you had psych only experience I can see them blanching a little
  4. by   whichone'spink
    No, I'm not in the ER as a nurse. I worked in the ER in a non-nursing role. I am still interested in becoming an ER nurse, but given the pickings for new grads, jobs outside the hospital are where more opportunities lie.
  5. by   tothepointeLVN
    Totally understand that. Take what you can get a hungry unemployed nurse is never a good thing. Worry about the "and then" later.